It took some prodding, but federal political parties have finally responded to an election survey issued by the City of Calgary seeking their positions on key municipal priorities.
Calgary’s federal Conservative candidates, led by Calgary-Nose Hill candidate Michelle Rempel, released a joint response to the YYC Matters survey Thursday morning at a press conference.
“We were pleased to respond to this survey with a strong response that shows we’re the only party that cares about this city, we’re the only party that has got its back,” said Rempel.
“We are the only party that has a plan to get Calgary back to work and unapologetically stands up for Canada’s energy sector.”
But within minutes of the press conference concluding, a dispute unfolded on Twitter between Rempel and Mayor Naheed Nenshi over the Conservative party’s response to the survey, which was released after the city’s Wednesday deadline.
Nenshi had issued a cajoling tweet earlier this week, urging all federal parties to get their submissions into the city by Wednesday. In an update Thursday morning, he tweeted that the city had received responses from the Green party and the Liberal party.
Rempel told reporters at a press conference Thursday morning that she was not made aware of the YYC Matters survey until she spotted a tweet about it on Wednesday.
Responding to the Nose Hill candidate on Twitter, Nenshi asked if Rempel’s submission was the “official” Conservative response, since the city had not heard from the party’s headquarters.
Rempel parried with some criticism of the mayor’s previous tweets and complained that the city had failed to send the survey directly to the campaign offices of Calgary candidates.
“Yeesh, Get it together,” she tweeted. “The people we represent hate this sort of stuff.”
“I agree people hate this stuff,” Nenshi responded. “Other parties just got it in with no drama. As in every election.”
More to come…